Creative management for theatre

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
206EKM1 ZK 3 48S English summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

  1. Student adopts knowledge and increases awareness and skills in creative potential in theatre management.
  2. Student goes through a process from uncovering the potential of one's creativity through a creative group and its support to, so called, „creative organization“, its markings, methods and procedures.
  3. Students acquire potential to perceive of their own place in the creative process, where the manager is present from the first step of a new project (theatre ensemble, staging, festival, etc.) in creative stage and off-stage processes.

Mode of study

A single semester course/ series of two-day workshops of interactive lectures for 1st year master's study at the DAMU, Dept. of Production as an integral part of the whole overview of instruction at higher arts academies, at theatre departments.

Aside from theory-practical explaniations, instruction will be a in the form of discussions. There will be series of tests for improving the recognition of one's creative skills. Follwing this the potential to use them in the creative process in a project will be considered.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

  1. Knowledge of theatre management issues.
  2. Knowledge of project management topics.
  3. Creativity.
  4. Independent production skills.

Course contents

The entire course is an introduction to adopting knowledge and increasing awareness and skills in the creative potential of theatre management. It is a presentation of various paths of working with creativity, individuals, groups, binding together the entire organization. Aside from theory explanations, an important part of the course is an interactive investigation of that potential in one's self and in projects, currently underway.

The entire course is a broadening of theory-practice view towards a greater measure of freedom in implementing one's project and approaches to creativity and moving from the traditional distribution of roles in theatre operations.

The course has a strong focus on the manager as an artist operating with the potential interaction of individual theatre activities and professions and a wholistic view of theatre and off-stage processes and systems.

Knowledge contained in the course is applied not only in publically funded theatre but also in private theatre and non-profit organizations. The concept of the course is not only to provide universal instructions, but suggestions, information, knowledge and experience to be considered.

Course outline:

Natural human creativity, cognitive skills and human interaction.

Creativity criteria, barriers to creativity, human creativity specifics.

Theatre as a live organism, theatre as a system.

Current trends in issues, linked to theatre.

Creativity and innovation, linked to theatre.

Development of one's creativity, creative manager.

Leading creative people, working with people.

„Creative organization“ (markings, methods and procedures).

The manager as an artist (creative member of the team).

Potential synergy with other theatre professions.

Production dramaturgy (project).

Recommended or required reading

BING, R.: 5000 večeru v opeře. 2.vyd. Praha: Supraphon, 1988. 327 s. 09/21. 02-008-88.

CHONG, D.: Arts Management. 1.vyd. London: Routledge, 2002. 156 s. ISBN 0-415-23682-7

DRUCKER, P. 2000. Výzvy managementu pro 21. století. Praha: Management Press, 2000. 180 s. ISBN 80-7261-021-X.

DVOŘÁK, J.: Kreativní manažment pro divadlo aneb O divadle jinak. 1. vyd. Praha: Pražská scéna, 2004. 337 s. ISBN 80-86102-53-X

GLADWELL, M.: Mžik. Jak myslet bez přemýšlení. Dokořán. 2005. 235 s. ISBN 978-80-7363-097-3

HOSPODÁŘOVÁ, I.: Kreativní management v praxi. 1.vyd. Praha: Grada Publishing, a.s. 2008.136 s. ISBN: 978-80-247-1737-1

MIKULÁŠTÍK, M.: Tvořivost a inovace v práci manažera. 1.vyd. Praha: Grada Publishing, a.s. 2010. 208 s. ISBN 978-80-247-2016-6

NEKOLNÝ, B.: Divadlo a kreativní sektor.1.vyd. Praha: Akademie múzických uměni v Praze, 2013. 110 s. ISBN: 978-80-7331-292-3

SENGE, P. 2007. Páta disciplína, teórie a praxe učíci se organizace. Praha: Management Press, 2007. 436 s. ISBN 978-80-7261-162-1.

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded for:

Class participation,

completed paper,


final exam.

The semester is concluded with an exam. Aside from class attendance, grading will be on the measure of active participation and interest, quality of submitted semester paper and project presentation in class.

Further information

No schedule has been prepared for this course

The subject is a part of the following study plans